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Hubble: Window on the Universe [Hardcover]

Giles Sparrow
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30 Sep 2010

The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) has been taking stunning images of space for 20 years. It is one of the largest and most versatile space telescopes and its orbit outside the distortion of Earth's atmosphere allows it to take extremely sharp images with almost no background light.

As an observatory in space, Hubble is one of the most successful scientific projects of all time, both in terms of scientific output and its immediate public appeal. It has consistently delivered super-sharp images and clean, uncontaminated spectra over the entire near-infrared and ultraviolet regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. Hubble's observations have opened up new scientific territory and have led to major breakthroughs in astrophysics, such as accurately determining the rate of expansion of the Universe.

Hubble - Window on the Universe is a celebration of Hubble's astonishing scientific and technical achievements told via 200 glorious full-colour images. This stunning oversized volume showcases all of the most spectacular - and most recent - images taken by the HST so far. The chapters of the book are arranged thematically (The Solar System in Perspective, A New View of the Stars, Beyond the Milky Way, Exploring Space and Time) revealing the most recent views of a dizzying array of celestial objects such as Pluto and the Kuiper Belt, the birth and death of stars, the beautiful Butterfly Nebulae, Omega Centauri, Stephen's Quintet and the mysteries of dark matter. Feature spreads chart the fascinating history of the Hubble project from its origins and launch in 1990, the discovery and emergency repair of a defective mirror, the impact of four subsequent servicing missions and finally, what the future holds in store for one of the most amazing scientific instruments ever made.


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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (30 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184916486X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849164863
  • Product Dimensions: 30.6 x 2.6 x 36.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 151,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Hubble Space Telescope is a technological wonder of our age that has fascinated millions with its beautiful and awe-inspiring images of the Universe. It has revolutionized the science of astronomy, revealing hitherto unknown secrets of planets, stars and galaxies that have given us a perspective of the Universe we could never previously have imagined. As well as capturing stunning close-up pictures of the planets in our own solar system, Hubble has looked deep into the Milky Way and beyond, taking pictures of rare, massive stars one hundred times bigger and a million times brighter than our own Sun, and star-forming nebulae that extend across dozens of light years. It has allowed scientists to witness some of the most destructive forces in existence as galaxies collide, and to observe the huge amount of energy released when stars reach the end of their lives. Hubble's Deep Field images are among the most scientifically important images ever taken, showing the most distant and most ancient galaxies in the visible Universe. With over 400 glorious, full-colour images, this stunning volume showcases the Hubble Space Telescope's most spectacular - and most recent - discoveries such as Pluto in unprecedented detail, the beautiful Butterfly Nebula, Omega Centauri, Stephan's Quintet and the mysteries of dark matter. Giles Sparrow's expert text describes Hubble's fascinating story and how it has become one of the most successful scientific projects of all time; charting its origins and troubled launch in 1990, the emergency repair of its defective mirror, the impact of four subsequent servicing missions and, finally, what the future holds for one of the most amazing scientific instruments ever created. From our nearest interplanetary neighbours to the very edge of the Universe and the dawn of time, the Hubble Space Telescope's observations have helped us to answer questions about the age of the Universe, how planets form, and the nature of the supermassive black holes that swell at the centre of galaxies. The pages of this book celebrate Hubble's astonishing contribution to science over the last 20 years, and the spectacular views of the cosmos that have transformed the way we see the Universe and our place within it.

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The very latest and most dramatic images of the Universe taken by the Hubble Telescope.


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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hubble. Window on the universe 14 Jan 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
To anyone with a passing or intense interest in astronomy this is a fantastic look into the universe by means of images that most of us will never have the oportunity to observe in real life. Superb quality photographs which bring distant objects to your lap in a book of beautiful quality.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning visuals 3 Mar 2011
Format:Hardcover
This is a great book to share your passion for Astronomy with your kids, your wife, family and friends. You don't have to be an astronomer to be fascinated by the stunning visuals, and also the great insights provided about the Universe around us. This book also continues to boost my own fascination of the Deep Space surrounding us. Thanks.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hubble: Window on the Universe 14 Jan 2011
By bookmag
Format:Hardcover
This book is absolutely fabulous. The picutres are very clear as is the information about the objects.

Only one little problem I found was that I thought it was a bit big...in terms of a coffee table book, this could be the coffee table, especially if you are a bit on the small side.

However, I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the stars. Just wish I could have been in the driving seat of the Hubble!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 14 April 2011
By James
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Great book... definitely not for carrying around though! Brilliant photos, would highly recommend for anyone who wants to learn about the universe or just wants to spend hours looking into the incredible detail of the photos. P.s. this edition was 40 in my local shop so great price too :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a view! 22 Jan 2011
By Mithom
Format:Hardcover
Absolutely fantastic photos which open one's mind to worlds beyond. Beautifully presented and wonderful value at the Amazon price.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular book. 1 Nov 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Amazon emailed me to suggest I trade this book in. Well they're not getting it back. Stunning pictures. Previous reviews aren't exaggerating - this is a big book. But it needs to be to do the pictures justice. At 8 it's a bargain.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By MrsCatt
Format:Hardcover
I purchased this item recently for my husband who has been fascinated by the Dr Brian Cox Series "Wonders of the Universe" and "Wonders of the Solar System" (which I also purchased), and during my search noted excellent reviews for this book. And, it really doesn't dissapoint; the insights and photograps are mindboggling, and make you truly appreciate the beauty of the universe! The only minor niggle is where to store such a book - unless you have a super sized coffee table - its far too large to fit neatly on any conventional bookshelf!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read 16 Aug 2011
By Simba
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book was well worth the price tag and it was a very interesting read. The latest pictures taken from Hubble are just breathtaking. The story on it's troubled launch and problematical mirror and how they fixed it was eye opening. The servicing missions sections are also very interesting and how the Hubble program nearly "died" after the Colombia accident. I highly recommend this to anyone interested in astronomy and cosmology. There are a few spelling mistakes and 1 section near the end that is a complete misprint. (Suppose to be about 2 colliding galaxies but, mentions a nebula in the Milky Way)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure joy to the eye
I ordered three similar books - this one; Hubble: Imaging Space and Time (National Geographic); and Hubble's Universe: Greatest Discoveries and Latest Images. Read more
Published 1 month ago by BULAT RAKHIMBERDIEV
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab photos!
Saw this book at the Visions of the Universe in Greenwich, didn't want to carry it home! But found it here cheaper anyway :)
Published 5 months ago by Claire H
5.0 out of 5 stars hubble
super photos and well worth the money will enjoy the book over and over again cannot recommend highly enough super
Published 9 months ago by william davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb photos
Fantastic photos. Would have been great as a collection which could be mounted in frames.
On the shelf and viewed often for the seer delight of each photos.
Published 9 months ago by Ann Wheeler
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book
Stunning book with photos that should fill you with awe at the diversity of amazing galaxies, stars and planets in the universe, the best view yet of our universe and a bargain at... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mr. Richard Mabe
5.0 out of 5 stars Sparrow does it again
Sumptuous book Giles sparrow 's text and the magnificent selection of the pictures is really stupendous.. Read more
Published 13 months ago by PeterN
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Present
This was a great present though the writing was little hard to read being very small but all in a lovely book
Published 14 months ago by George Kernohan
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book
I received this book for Christmas and it's one of those books that is lovely to pick up when you walk past the book shelf and look at. Read more
Published 18 months ago by E. Mercer
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow factor
Very large format photo book with amazing pics of the universe at an incredibly reasonable price. Loving it. Highly recommended for lovers of all things astronomical.
Published on 28 Jan 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Very impressive and informative
Very nice book with amazing pictures and interesting information both about the pictures and about the background history of the ongoing project and the thrilling servicing... Read more
Published on 28 Jan 2012 by Say No More 67
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